Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Making it Great in 2008

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s Resolutions. I find that to be rather limiting. So I’m not going to make any New Year’s Resolutions, just reiterate the positive efforts of the last six months.

1) Lose weight. You already know that I’m off to a good start. I’m down to 223 and should be close to or under 220 when I visit the doctor for my annual on January 11. For those keeping score at home that will leave only 10 pounds to reach my goal of 210 by March 31. I’m not ready to move the goalposts yet, but I have to say that I am very satisfied with my progress and can probably surpass my initial goal.
2) Make every day a vacation day. I had my last vacation in August. It was very relaxing and reset my mood. At that time I committed to making every day a vacation day. I vowed not to let idiot drivers ruin my drive home. No yelling. No cursing. No impatience. I vowed never to be in a hurry. The positive impact on my work day has resulted in me not sweating the little stuff, let alone the big stuff. I have been able to detach my emotional well being from my job (mostly). My actual job performance has increased as a result. Wow. Care less. Produce more. Who knew?
3) Eliminating the word “No” from my vocabulary. I used to pride myself on being a guy who said “why not” instead of “why”. Somewhere along the way I got sidetracked and declining everything from a party invitation to a cup of coffee became commonplace. Making this small adjustment has brought a much better balance to my social life. I feel more connected to friends and family. Good stuff.

My three words: weight vacation no

In addition I expect that these ongoing changes will result in me taking a few more risks and reaping the rewards that risk taking generates.

Wish me luck. If you have some goals or even actual resolutions, please feel free to share.

New Year’s Haiku

It’s a brand new year
Full of opportunity
Make the most of it



Lucas said...

My goals are similar to yours: write more, weigh less, be good.

And the Timbers win a cup. I know they can do it if I just root harder. I know it.

Bruce said...

Believe beyond reason.

Lucas, I hope your goals come true. Especially the writing. Because you're funny. A lot.